At approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday 25 June 1950 North Korean artillery and mortars open fire on Republic of Korea Army positions south of the 38th Parallel, the line then serving as the border between the two countries.
The barrage was followed shortly by tank and infantry attacks all along the border. At 11 a.m. North Korea formally declared war.
For the next two years United Nations’ forces led by the Americans sought to defeat the North Koreans who were in turn supported by the Russians and then the Chinese.
British losses amounted to 1,078 killed in action, 2,674 wounded and 1,060 missing or taken prisoner.

Men with a Lewisham connection who died in the Korean War :

Fitzgerald, Frederick G (Royal Ulster Rifles)

Fogden, Peter George (Fleet Air Arm)

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